Tsunami

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Sadness

Deep sadness

It is as though you are standing on the shore watching a wall of water come in

No matter what direction you look or how far you tilt your head back

Just a wall of powerful water, a Tsunami

You feel small

You are small

You wonder will it knock you over or leave you unconscious

Where it will take you, will you know your way?

Will you even survive? Do you even want to?

Will anyone notice you were swallowed up by the ocean?

Grief

Spirit sucking grief

It as though in a moment of sunshine someone dives in to your chest violently grabbing your heart

You don’t expect it, you never do

It comes at 3 am and shakes you awake, running away with your breath

You try to catch it, gasping, choking

You can’t

The lights are turned on

Except your light

Your light is out

Total darkness

You wonder if anyone can see you if you can’t see yourself?

Walking around with your weighted vest, heavy

Nothing else

Just useless weight

Tears become quiet, unpredictable, constant

You hope maybe they wash it away, even a little

You just want some relief, less pain

The grief hurts

The sadness hurts

It all hurts in ways that words cannot express

Does anyone out there know

Can anyone tell me

How to not love?

~Alisa Hutton

16 thoughts on “Tsunami

  1. If we knew how not to love, I’m quite sure we’d die right where we’re standing.

    Alisa, this is a very moving poem. Peace to you for writing it. Hard to read, but truly worth it.

    “You don’t expect it, you never do

    It comes at 3 am and shakes you awake, running away with your breath

    You try to catch it, gasping, choking

    You can’t

    The lights are turned on

    Except your light

    Your light is out

    Total darkness

    You wonder if anyone can see you if you can’t see yourself?

    Walking around with your weighted vest, heavy

    Nothing else

    Just useless weight”

    Take care. Be well.

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  2. I can only say that those who love deeply feel everything in this way. From my own experience love is the greatest feeling there is but it will always come with strings attached. I have to say I could not live life any other way. Beautiful write.

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